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Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina (L) runs with the ball

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Article Published: Friday 22 August 2014|

Out of the last five Rugby Championship matches between Argentina's Pumas and South Africa's Springboks the South Africans have won four and drawn one.

The closest that Argentina have come to beating South Africa was in their first home Rugby Championship match in 2012 when they drew 16-16.

In the 18 matches that have been played between the teams the Pumas have never beaten the Springboks. After one draw between the teams the South Africans have a record of winning 94% of their matches against Argentina.

The overall average score when Argentina play South Africa is : Argentina 18 South Africa 39.

This weekend the match will be played in Argentina so the Pumas will have home advantage as they have done in 9 of the 18 matches.

The only draw was in Argentina and the average score when the teams play in Argentina is : Argentina 20 South Africa 35.

In the Rugby championship South Africa have played two matches in Argentina and the one was the draw and the other was a 17-22 victory to Argentina indicating that matches are much closer in recent times than in the past.

That said, due to the one draw being in Argentina South Africa have a record of winning 89% of their matches in Argentina and they have yet to lose in the country.

Argentina have played three Tests in Salta - one against Italy and two against England. They won the first two - one each against England and Italy - and lost their last Test there which was against England in 2013.

The Pumas were a much improved side last week under new coach Daniel Hourcade compared to last year and they put the Springbok forward pack under real pressure.

South Africa were a little fortunate to come away with the victory as Argentina finished the stronger side and were pressing hard at the Boks when the finals whistle went.

Having lost 13-6 last week Argentina have named a team with two changes as Juan Martin Hernandez has been named at centre after he was a late withdrawal from the team that played South Africa in Pretoria last weekend.

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino was on the replacements bench last week but has been promoted into the starting line up and replaces Horacio Agulla on the right wing while Agustin Creevy retains the captaincy.

The Springboks have made three changes to the side that played last week and Juan Smith will complete a remarkable return to international rugby when he runs out this week.

There are also four changes on the bench. Prop Gurthro Steenkamp and lock Eben Etzebeth will start in the tight five, with Tendai Mtawarira and Bakkies Botha moving to the bench.

Marcell Coetzee will join them among the replacements after coming in as a late substitute for the injured Willem Alberts last weekend. Lwazi Mvovo has also been named on the bench.

In terms of form Argentina have lost their last four tests and in their last 13 Tests they have won one. They have also lost their last six Tests at home.

South Africa have won their last seven Test matches and their last three away Tests.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 12 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. One could argue that the Pumas caught the Springboks by surprise last week so they should be much better prepared. Despite this Argentina have been at their best against South Africa in Argentina in recent years and with home advantage they should be an improved side too. South Africa have more experience and world class players in their team so they should win this. South Africa should win by five.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD

Average score: Argentina 18 South Africa 39

Last five results
16 Aug 2014 Argentina v South Africa 6-13 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
24 Aug 2013 Argentina v South Africa 17-22 Mendoza
17 Aug 2013 Argentina v South Africa 13-73 Soweto, Johannesburg
25 Aug 2012 Argentina v South Africa 16-16 Mendoza
18 Aug 2012 Argentina v South Africa 6-27 Newlands, Cape Town

Argentina overall record against South Africa
Played 18 , Wins 0 , Losses 17, Draws 1

Match No.4: Argentina v South Africa
Date : 23rd August 2014
Venue : Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium, Salta, Argentina
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:John Lacey
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea
TMO : Vinny Munro



Joaquin Tuculet, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez, Manuel Montero, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Mariano Galarza, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (captain), Marcos Ayerza.

Replacements: Matias Cortese, Bruno Postiglioni, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Alemanno, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Horacio Agulla.

South Africa

Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks, Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Handre Pollard, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Juan Smith, Francois Louw, Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis (vice-captain), Gurthro Steenkamp.

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Bakkies Botha, Marcell Coetzee, Francois Hougaard, Morne Steyn, Lwazi Mvovo.

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